Want to Have an iPod Wedding? Here’s Why That’s a Really Dumb Idea.

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When the time comes to figure out wedding music, some of the wedding music ideas that pop out seem really logical. “Hey, we have all this music on our phones or iPods, why don’t we just do it ourselves rather than hire a disc jockey?” The answer is simple. It is a dumb idea and here is why.

DJs are live humans beings that create and match the energy and mood of the crowd- iPods do not know what is happening and cannot adapt. If you want your wedding to have life and excitement: hire a DJ. If you are just looking for background/ambient music, maybe an iPod is fine.

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Determine what you want your wedding reception music to be like for you and your guests. If you want people to be dancing and moving around, a disc jockey may be the way to go. This is especially true if the guest-list includes diversity of age, background, geography, gender, education, economy or culture. Diversity makes predictability of choosing wedding music challenging since the iPods play-list may not reflect what all the people want to enjoy. Remember; it is your day but everybody’s celebration.

Example: A birthday party for a six-year-old girl with only her friends from the neighborhood as guests probably will have a more predictable play-list than a wedding with guests from Korea, Ireland, Spain and Germany. The latter I did a few months ago and was amazed at the variety of music requested to meet the needs of this culturally diverse group of people celebrating a wedding. Truthfully, not only would a play-list on an iPod have been a failure, even carrying six racks of records back in the days when I still played vinyl would not have prepared me enough to make everybody satisfied the way they were.

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They had a great time and I needed to have the whole 125GB of my music library to be ready for the different styles and periods of wedding reception music requested and honored. If you want your friends and family to be able to request and dance to the music they enjoy as well, please let them do so. We all know that having guests involved increases participation and energy at a wedding.

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An iPod is perfect for a family dinner where everyone will sit at the table afterward talking and drinking coffee or maybe a pool party with just a select group of old friends as background music for catching up with each other. If you want people to be actively participating in your wedding; hire a good DJ and make it an event to remember and worth the huge effort and expense!

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About the Author
DJ Mystical Michael has over 30 years of DJ experience, and spent 7 years as a full-time DJ.. He started with two Technics turntables playing rock, what we now call Classic Rock. He expanded his repertoire to include Dance and New Wave/Punk, and then became a local favorite for his knowledge and collection of Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s, although not yet born or too young to actually have experienced the music himself. Today, his collection has evolved to over 125GB and 72 days of music covering the period from 1946 to this month with emphasis on Pop, Dance, Rock, Reggae, Oldies, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, Rap, Latin, The Classics and Classical, Lounge, Buddha Bar, Café and Popular Country. In his unstructured time he can be found dancing, creative writing, singing, near food , playing volleyball, meditating, painting/drawing/calligraphy and enjoying beaches, mountains and forests. He just returned to The States after a year and a half in Asia.

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  1. bridal girl

    Yup I do agree with you. These days however, a lot of brides are also preparing their own play list on their i-Pod and ask their DJ to play them according to the mood and tune of the wedding.

  2. DJ Hochzeit München

    Thanks a lot Mr. DJ Mystical Michael, that’s the right answer to the question above. An iPod could never do the work of an experienced Disc jockey. A good Wedding-DJ (or Wedding-DJane) reacts prompt to the party crowd. That is something an iPod never can do. No matter how many songs there are on the MP3-Player, there must be someone who knows how to use them.

  3. Ipod

    Good Idea! The big problem would be song selection — you can’t cue up a particular song next without having a pause after the current song. You can solve this by buying another iPod and getting a mixer, or bringing a laptop and using its outs as well.

  4. Top Wedding Sites

    Ugh, who wants to deal with all of that on their wedding day? Seems like a pain in the butt to me. I’m all for DIY if it can be done ahead of time but, IMO, for services on the day of the wedding, go with a pro!

  5. DJ Mystical Michael

    I agree that it would be a drag having to do all that on your wedding day.

    But I think the greater concern the previous comment by ‘ipod’ regarding music selection is an important one. It seems essential to book a DJ who genuinely wants you to be the guiding force in selecting music for your wedding since it is your wedding. I realize that many DJs are not as willing to do this as others and I personally find that disappointing and professionally well, unprofessional.

    I try my best to honor the needs of the couple in advance with careful planning and good communication. I wrote about this on my blog the other day referencing how easy it is to think you are on the same page when in reality not even in the same book:)
    http://djmysticalmichael.com/blog/the_dj_is_not_always_the_expert

  6. XYDJ

    Michael this is a great post and I was just about to make comment on how much I agree with the “it is your day but everybody’s celebration” call when I see you almost contradict yourself with the above comment about it being [the client's] wedding and it is unprofessional not to have them as the guiding force for selecting music.

    I think it is most important for a DJ to strike a balance between the client’s requests and their own knowledge of what works well at weddings. After all, a professional DJ has experience in keeping everyone happy and this experience should be shared. For most couples this is their first wedding and they don’t have that same experience.

    It doesn’t mean you should ignore their requests, far from it, but a bit of advice doesn’t hurt.

  7. DJ Mystical Michael

    Love the comments! Thanks!
    I actually agree with you. Since I posted this I was a guest at a wedding where the DJ played all music that the couple enjoyed and the guests, for the most part, didn’t. Not fun and a great reminder for me. I do not typically ‘judge’ other DJs, we all have our own styles, methods and motivations, but they missed the boat for sure. I wrote about it here: http://djmysticalmichael.com/blog/what_wedding_djs_should_not_do

    “I think it is most important for a DJ to strike a balance between the client’s requests and their own knowledge of what works well at weddings.” This is right on target XYDJ, thanks for sharing your insights and experience.
    Peace,
    Michael

  8. Wedding DJs

    I could not agree more. I have seen people ruin their party investment by counting on an iTune playlist instead of a DJ to read the crowd.

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